Prince Harry reunited with Meghan Markle and their son in Canada on Tuesday. Before that though, he delivered a speech addressing the decision to step back from being senior royals. And, in that speech, he also expressed that the conclusion of his talks with Queen Elizabeth wasn't what he expected.

"We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride," Prince Harry explained. "Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this."

He continued, "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option."

"What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible," the 35-year-old royal revealed.

While Harry was simply delivering the facts of what happened, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English suggested that the removal of Harry’s military titles is a snub from the Queen.

"Harry can not resist making it clear his hand has been forced," she wrote, according to Express

"After creating a website behind the backs of his family to launch his and Meghan’s new vision for a royal life, on which he stated his desire to continue representing the Queen while being given the freedom live abroad and earn his own living, Harry was firmly slapped down by his grandmother and told this would neither be acceptable or possible," English concluded.

Despite the reports, Meghan and Harry are free to embark on their new life with 8-month-old Archie Harrison. What that life looks like will remains to be seen but if it's anything like their hiatus on Canada's Vancouver Island, it will look pretty normal. 

Prince Harry attended his last duties in London on Monday Prince Harry attended his last duties in London on Monday Photo: AFP / Ben STANSALL